In your application, you must submit an official academic transcript from each establishment of higher education that you have attended. For this purpose, a transcript is considered official only if it is received in a university envelope which is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. These must be returned to you signed and sealed, for submission with the application package.
If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
- All transcripts will be verified for authenticity.
- All transcript information is confidential; envelopes must not be opened.
- Transcripts must show all courses, all marks and the awarding of degree(s).
- Previous or current University of Ottawa students do not need to submit a transcript of their studies at the University of Ottawa.
- Include a self-declared overall average on the application form. Indicate your overall average (per degree) converted to a 100% scale.
- All documents and transcripts submitted to the University of Ottawa become the property of the University and will not be returned.
Letters of recommendation for admission to graduate studies
Depending on the program to which you apply, you may be required to submit recommendation letters. If this is the case, when completing the OUAC admission application, you will have to provide the name and e-mail address of the referees1 you have chosen and who can assess your aptitude to pursue graduate studies since the submission of the letters is done electronically.
In the week following the submission of your application, your referees will receive an e-mail asking them to complete the on-line recommendation form.
This process is completed within a secure portal where your personnel information will remain protected and accessible only by authorized personnel, ensuring the confidentiality of your recommendation letters.
(1) A person who can assess your aptitude to pursue Graduate Studies, for example a professor, a thesis director, an employer or all other person.
Mailing application materials
Please mail all required documents to the academic unit of the program you are applying for which can be found under the specific requirements section.
Note: We are unable to process incomplete applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is submitted correctly and promptly. Otherwise, a letter of explanation is required.